Every writer has their nemesis. For some it's pacing, others conflict, others awkward sentence structure or bad grammar. For me, it's the synopsis. Nothing can strike fear in the heart of this writer as quickly as the words, "include your synopsis". It sends me into a tailspin. And ask me to verbally summarize my book, something the docu-crew did with the camera pointing in my face, and the reaction is even worse. It's hard enough to do it with several days work and a pound of crumpled paper at my feet, but to do it on the turn of a dime, verbally...well what you get is a stuttering, stammering moron who can't string two coherent sentences together.
And yet the synopsis, the query letter are what we use to sell our work. It's our marketing tool, the first thing the editor/agent sees. And I suck at it. I don't know why. I can write a business letter with barely the bat of an eye. But to try and summarize my 400 page manuscript into a one page blurb or a 5 page synopsis and I go into a complete mental meltdown.
I know this is an area that requires vast improvement, and I have noted some signs of growth in my synopsis writing, but nowhere near the level that would make me a happy camper. So that is one of my goals once I finish my first draft of D&B and start in on my revisions of The Outlaw Bride. To beef up my synopsis writing. To learn how to make it clear, concise and still maintain my voice and the true essence of what the book is about.
I will slay my synopsis writing demons.
So what part of writing is your nemesis?